Published: Tuesday, June 17 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT
Many go to a tech school and gain a skill. They then find a job using their new
skill, and pay their way through college.Too many students give up
if someone else doesn't pay their way.Our political leaders
have created an entitled society.
Our political leaders simply mirror an entitled society. As for our students,
get a trade. Avoid 'college' entirely. The world needs nary a lawyer,
arts major, or whatever. Tinbashers and electricians have a future, and will
never be out of work. Plumbers, carpenters too. The best way to avoid college
debt is to avoid college in favour of real work.
While I disagree with Hutterite, there is some truth to the idea that not every
student should shoot for a 4 year degree from a traditional university. Not
only are some students just not cut out for a university education (lets not
sugar coat things), but many students would be much better served by attending a
trade/tech school that aligns more closely with their career interests and life
goals. On the other hand, the world DOES in fact need lawyers, engineers,
doctors, teachers, and other university-educated people to fill very real needs
in society. The problem arises when everyone goes to law school, but there are
only a certain number of lawyer positions open, and so you have people with law
degrees working at Burger King, but still expecting a lawyer's paycheck.
This is hyperbole, but you get the illustration. I don't think the goal of
primary and secondary education ought to be to send every student to a
university. It ought to be to give them a reasonably well-rounded basic
education along with the skills they need to pursue a trade, and they can go to
a university if they want.
Yes the truth is that not everyone is cut out to go to college, or needs to.
Some professions require a university level education, and that's fine.
However, I kind of feel it is useless to graduate from college with one of those
"degrees" that really does not point toward anything in particular.
Liberal arts majors are fine for the person who just wants that kind of general
education, but they should not be expecting an instant career like a person
directed toward an engineering degree, medical degree, business degree, ect. I
know of non college trade people who make a really great living and really like
what they do. And as Hutterite pointed out, many of those trade jobs are not as
prone to the world of layoffs as a lot of white collar professions are.
Eighty two thousand highly skilled workers come from other countries per
year.Less chance for our college graduates to find jobs, and a
reason for technical schools being used more.
In South Korea about 80% are going to college and getting a four year degree.
The trouble is there are not enough jobs requiring a four year degree. They are
trying to encourage the two year trade school model. It is the same problem
here. You don't need four years of college to gain a marketable skill. The
cost of a four year is more than working part time earning minimum wage. And the
full time minimum wage jobs just don't work around a full time courseload.
So spend less money and less time and you will be more likely to get a job and
won't need the potentially higher salary cause you won't have huge
amounts of debts when you are done.
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